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Apple Watch Series 1 vs. Series 2:
Which one’s right for you?
BY KILLIAN BELL

Apple Watch Lineup 2016

What you need to know about Apple Watch Series 2
before preorders begin on Friday, Sept. 9

By Mike Wuerthele




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How to set up and start using your Apple Watch
Written by: RENE RITCHIE



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Apple Watch Tips
BY SERENITY CALDWELL

Manually turn on Power Reserve mode
Worried about your Watch draining too much power when you don't really need much from it? You can manually put it into Power Reserve mode, which just displays the time. To do this, press and hold the side button, then slide the Power Reserve slider.

Wake to your last-used app
By default, when you flick your wrist, Apple Watch will wake and show the time. If you'd rather it go back to whatever you were doing prior to it going to sleep, you can change that setting by going to Settings > General > Activate on Wrist Raise > On, then select Open to the Last-Used App.

Make the on-screen text larger
With such a tiny device, sometimes you just want the option for bigger text at your disposal. Apple makes this easy in its accessibility settings; to change the text on your Watch, just go to Settings > Brightness & Text Size, and adjust to your liking.

Mute alerts with your palm
If you have sound enabled on the Watch, you can keep it from annoying the outside world with notification sounds: If it goes off in a place you'd rather it not, you can cover the display with your hand for three seconds or more to instantly mute any new sounds. To turn this on, you'll need to visit the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then go to
My Watch > Sounds & Haptics > Cover to Mute.

Find your iPhone with your Watch
Can't find your iPhone? Don't sweat it — the Apple Watch can help you track it down. From your Watch face, swipe up to activate Glances, then visit the Settings glance. From here, tap the Ping iPhone button in blue to have it make a noise.

Use Handoff with Siri
If you want to send an email, make an OpenTable reservation, search the web or anything that might require more interaction with your screen, Siri notes that it won't be able to help you on the Watch, but will happily assist you on your iPhone using Handoff. To do this, just pick up your iPhone after your initial Siri query and swipe up on the Siri icon in the lower left corner of the screen.

Quickly access Zoom and VoiceOver
Want Zoom or VoiceOver to be quickly available on your Watch? You can turn on the triple-click Accessibility shortcut to automatically activate either Zoom mode or VoiceOver. To do so, visit the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then go to
My Watch > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut. From here, you can choose which you'd like to automatically activate on triple-click. Siri can also turn VoiceOver on or off with a verbal command — just ask your Watch.

Get online without the iPhone.
In general, the watch requires an iPhone to be nearby — the iPhone is its antenna to the Internet world. But when you’re in a known Wi-Fi hotspot, the watch can perform the most essential online functions even when your phone is turned off or unavailable! You can query Siri, send and receive iMessage texts, and exchange drawings and tap patterns with other watch owners.

Take a Screenshot
Want to memorialize that Digital Touch drawing or Activity achievement? You can take a screenshot on your Apple Watch by quickly and simultaneously pressing both the side button and Digital Crown.

Force Apple Watch to restart
If your Watch is misbehaving, you can turn it off by pressing and holding the side button until you see the Power Off slider, then drag it across the screen. If your Watch is completely frozen, you can perform a force reboot by holding both the side button and Digital Crown for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

Save custom watch faces
Not only can you customize Apple's default Watch faces by using Force Touch on the Watch display, you can even save customized faces for future use. To do so, Force Touch on the Watch display once more, then swipe all the way to the left and tap the New plus button. From there, you can customize the new version of your watch face to your liking. To delete a custom watch face, swipe up on it.

Set your watch five minutes fast
Like being early for your appointments? You can manually set the watch face to display five minutes fast — it won't affect your alarms, notifications, or clocks from other countries, but it'll show on the Watch face. To do this, go to Settings > Time > +0 min, then turn the Digital crown to advance the time ahead up to 59 minutes.

Turn off snooze for your alarms
Don't trust yourself to wake up on time? You can disable the Snooze button on Apple Watch by going to Alarms > Edit Alarm and turning Snooze off.

Pre-compose custom Messages responses
You can't type directly on your Apple Watch, but you can set up a few pre-composed responses via your iPhone that you can tap on during conversations to auto-send. To do so, visit the Apple Watch app, then go to My Watch > Messages > Default Replies.

Always send your dictated text as audio
When you reply to a message with your voice, your Apple Watch offers one of two choices: sending it as dictated text, or sending your dictation as an audio clip. If you prefer that your messages always send as audio clips or always as dictation, you can make this happen by visiting the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then going to
My Watch > Messages > Audio Messages.

Share your location in Messages with Force Touch
Want to send your friend your current location while you're out and about? From your Messages conversation, Force Touch the display and tap Send Location.

Hold a call until you can find your iPhone
While taking phone calls on the Apple Watch is pretty futuristic-feeling, it's not always practical. If you get a call on your Watch that you want to pick up, but your phone's not in easy reach and you don't want to start it on your Watch, you can tap Answer on iPhone to place the call on hold until you can find your device. The person on the other end will hear a short repeated sound until you can get to your iPhone.

Clear all your notifications with Force Touch
Though you can swipe left to delete an individual notification from the Notifications screen, you can also get rid of all your notification alerts in one tap. First, swipe down from the display to access Notifications, then Force Touch the display to bring up the Clear All option.

Switch between Day and List views in Calendar
Want to see what your day looks like — but also view items in a list? You can switch between Day and List views in the Calendar by using a Force Touch gesture on the screen while in the app.

Build your leaving time into your Calendar alerts
If there's a location added to your event, you can create an alert to tell you when to leave that factors in driving or walking distance along with traffic. To do so, just make sure the individual event has the Travel Time switch enabled; you can do this on your iPhone by going to the Calendar app, tapping the event in question, and going to Edit > Travel Time.

Set a default city for your weather
The Weather app on your Watch can check a variety of cities, but if you want a quick weather lookup in Glances and on your watch face, you'll want to pick a specific city. To do so, visit the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then go to My Watch > Weather > Default City.








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